Vettel delighted to score fifth straight Singapore podium


Sebastian Vettel may have fallen short in his bid to win a fourth straight Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay today, but the defending world champion was pleased to extend his streak of podiums at the race to five and pick up just his third top-three finish of the season.

The German driver made a good start to move up to second place, and although he did come close to beating Lewis Hamilton for the race win after the Briton’s final pit stop, he was powerless to stop the Mercedes driver from sweeping to his seventh win of the season.

“It’s a circuit that I really enjoy and really like, the atmosphere is great,” Vettel said. “It’s a tough one, it’s two hours, again we went until the full two hours.

“I had a good start, got past Daniel and then had a decent race, played a little bit with strategy and then the safety car came out at the worst possible moment for us, so we tried to stay out with the last set of tires and make them work, which was very borderline – a lot of pressure from Daniel and also from Fernando behind, but I was very happy to make it P2.”

The Singapore Grand Prix is one of the most demanding races on the calendar, running in hot and humid conditions for almost two hours, with a number of drivers suffering from dehydration after the race. However, Vettel had no such problem thanks to his podium finish.

“It is, yes, it’s quite hot,” he said. “The cars are sliding a lot so you have to focus quite hard, but it’s definitely a race that we all enjoy as drivers because it’s such a big challenge, and to stand up here, you get a cool bottle of champagne which is quite nice.”

With this result, Vettel has moved back into fifth place in the drivers’ championship ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, who dropped outside of the points in the final few laps of the race as his tires faded.

Motocross: Chase Sexton to miss Hangtown after midweek practice crash

Sexton Hangtown practice crash
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Chase Sexton announced on Instagram he will sit out this weekend’s Pro Motocross race at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California after a practice crash on Tuesday left him with a concussion.

Sexton’s crash on Tuesday happened during a test session at Fox Raceway.

“Bummed to make this post but I’ll be sitting out this weekend,” Sexton said. “As you guys saw I had a big one during qualifying at Pala, then another one on Tuesday this week that banged me up pretty good. Nothing broken just need a few days to get back to 100%.”

Despite his crash in the first qualification session in Pala, California, Sexton mounted up for both motos and finished second in each race behind his teammate Jett Lawrence, who was making his Motocross debut and won with a pair of first-place finishes. Sexton padded his SuperMotocross points’ lead over the injured Eli Tomac, who is still second in the combined Supercross and Motocross standings despite missing the SX finale at Salt Lake City and the outdoor opener with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Sexton has an advantage of 78 points over Cooper Webb and cannot give up his SMX lead by missing this round.

At stake, however, is the risk of losing ground to Lawrence in the Pro Motocross championship. Sexton currently trails his teammate by six points and is liable to lose significant ground this weekend.

In addition to his concussion, Sexton has also been diagnosed with mononucleosis and the combination of the two conditions caused the team to make the difficult decision to keep him out of the lineup at Hangtown.

“I’m super-bummed to miss this weekend’s race,” Sexton said in a press release. “I feel like I rode well at Pala, and I was really looking forward to Hangtown because it’s a good track for me. Unfortunately, I was already pretty banged up from my qualifying crash on Saturday, and now with mono and Tuesday’s concussion on top of it, I want to do the right thing and hopefully be back on the track soon.”

A return date for Sexton has not yet been announced.

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